A Centre County Democrat, Scott Conklin, introduced legislation that would lead to the first constitutional convention in Pennsylvania since 1967. Delegates to a constitutional convention can make sweeping changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution, which could include a reduction in the number of House and Senate members.
Under Conklin’s proposal, the convention would open on April 2, 2012 to elect officers and form committees. Elected delegates would be prohibited from serving in public office for two years after their term of service expired. Lobbying of individual delegates by registered lobbyists would not be permitted and proposed constitutional changes would be presented to voters during the Nov. 6, 2012 general election